absinthe


absinthe

noun

  1. a green, aromatic liqueur that is 68 percent alcohol, is made with wormwood and other herbs, and has a bitter, licorice flavor: now banned in most Western countries.
  2. wormwood(def 2).

noun

  1. a potent green alcoholic drink, technically a gin, originally having high wormwood content
  2. another name for wormwood (def. 1)
n.

also absinth, alcoholic liqueur distilled from wine mixed with wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), 1842, from French absinthe, “essence of wormwood,” from Latin absinthum “wormwood,” from Greek apsinthion, perhaps from Persian (cf. Persian aspand, of the same meaning). The plant so called in English from c.1500 (Old English used the word in the Latin form).

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